As a cybersecurity software vendor, we’ve conducted many risk assessments for enterprises. Over the years we’ve seen some egregious security faux pas, even at highly regulated organizations.

However, despite the occasional outlandish blunder, most of the IT security mistakes we witness are fairly common and predictable. In our experience, here are five of the most frequent information security errors that organizations make:


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The Security Inside the Firewall Approach

So where does an organization even start to address these five common privileged-centric short comings? Start by implementing an internal defense solution like automated privileged access management (PAM). Begin that process with discovery. You can’t protect what you don’t know exists. So, first identify the privileged accounts in your organization. Our free Discovery Tool is a good first step.

After discovering these critical accounts start managing their credentials by making all their passwords unique and very strong. Once you have them under management you can apply traditional Vaulting workflows for accessing them. Or you can implement access controls that programmatically handle the credentials when they’re needed. That way, end-users never even see the passwords.

Once you have discovered, managed and controlled the use of the privileged credentials in your organization, you can progress further by implementing endpoint controls and behavior analytics. That will further limit your privileged attack surface and give you insight into what is happening within your network.

Implementing a comprehensive PAM solution takes time and it is a process. However, high value actions like privileged discovery, vaulting and/or access management can give you a big cybersecurity win, and a huge step forward in advancing your organization’s security posture.